Saturday 25th June 2011
I have just had a week off, and this is my first blog since coming back from Patchings. There have been one or two developments; the Centre is now photo genetically at its best; most of the owlets are now out of the nest boxes on full display. The Great Grey Owls have two owlets, and the parents are very protective; they seem to like using my head for target practice. This can be very unnerving, as they are silent fliers. This one good reason to wear a leather hat!
The African Spotted Eagle Owls have two owlets which usually sit in the sand, but which at present have that cuddly ‘aah’ factor, always a winner with children of all ages.
The most successful breeders so far have been the Burrowing Owls. We were pleased to announce that they had bred 5 owlets this year. Each morning during this week I have counted 7 owls in their aviary, only for David the Collection Manager to come up to the Keeper’s bothy yesterday saying he had miscounted the Burrowing Owls, as he had counted 8 on that morning. Lo and behold, I counted 8 today.
It’s not all been good news however, we have lost our one and only Northern Hawk Owlet bred this year died of a head injury. All new life is a gamble; tomorrow is promised to no one.
I will leave you with a few pictures of some of our owlets bred in 2011.
See you next week.
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